Japan pm reshuffles ruling Party's cabinet

Japan pm reshuffles ruling Party's cabinet

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida center attends an extraordinary cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on August 10, 2022, ahead of an expected cabinet reshuttle. STR JIJI PRESS AFP TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his cabinet and executive lineup of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP on Wednesday as the administration faces slipping public support.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki and Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno remained in their posts, as Kishida tries to ensure continuity in the face of pressing economic and diplomatic issues.

LDP Secretary General Toshimitsu Motegi and LDP Vice President Taro Aso also retained their positions.

The former Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada replaced Nobuo Kishi and took over the defense portfolio.

The economic security minister of the new cabinet includes LDP policy chief Sanae Takaichi. The party's PR chief, Taro Kono, was named a digitization minister.

Kishida appointed industry minister Koichi Hagiuda with the key role of LDP policy chief, and gave the industry minister job to Yasutoshi Nishimura, a former economic revitalization minister who was in charge of the government's COVID 19 response.